It's a hot topic around here these days.
(This is one of those posts that my son will cringe at in 10 years, and BEG me to erase, but know now my son - I am only trying to help you and your poor bum!)
So there's been some trouble in the poop department as of late - just can't manage to get it out. And oh, does he try!
Trying to poop involves sitting on the ground, putting his feet together and pulling them close to his bum, and then grunting, and groaning, and grunting, and groaning. On a "good" day, this happens ALL. DAY. LONG.
And to what end? Nothing, until maybe right at bedtime, when after a day of pushing and grunting he finally manages a poop to write home about. Or a day full of the itty bittyest poops you've ever seen.
Problem with the itty bitty poops is you still need to change a diaper. And changing involves wiping. And along with all the pushing and groaning, wiping 10-15 times a day only causes to incense the nasty redness that is kid butt. We've affectionately taken to calling it the "ring of fire." It's about as nasty as it sounds.
We've tried the naturopathic route. Natural laxatives work to treat the symptoms, but don't do diddly for the cause. We've cut out wheat (at home anyway), added fish oils to his diet, tried probiotics, cut out bananas and all things "binding." The kid drinks gallons of liquid in a day. We've tried belly rubs and bicycling. We've stopped using commercial wipes (even the natural ones) and have gone back to good old washcloths and warm water. We've tried sitting on the potty to make it easier. Nothing seems to work.
There is a doctors visit planned for the near future, but the last time we mentioned it, it was dismissed as a common toddler issue by our dumb assed nurse practitioner who doesn't know a shoe from a slipper (I tried to find that old post to link back to but couldn't....just trust me when I say this woman is hardly the sharpest knife in the drawer.) I'm sorry, but pushing and pushing all day, and not getting anything out is NOT normal. Neveryoumind that we've been dealing with this for weeks and weeks on end. And what does come out is hardly rock solid...it shouldn't take THAT MUCH work!
So...HELP!! Anyone else dealt with anything like this before??
(PS - Hey Blogger, get with the times - "Naturopathic" and "Probiotics" are real words...and no I'm quite sure I haven't tried feeding my son "robotics" or "aerobatics!")